Westport man arrested on drug charges for fifth time

Posted 11/17/19

A Westport man with four prior arrests for possessing and selling crack cocaine and other drugs, was arrested yet again Friday for a similar offense.

On November 15,, Westport Police detectives, …

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Westport man arrested on drug charges for fifth time

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A Westport man with four prior arrests for possessing and selling crack cocaine and other drugs, was arrested yet again Friday for a similar offense.

On November 15,, Westport Police detectives, led by Detective Jarrod Levesque along with members of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Bedford office, executed a search warrant at 118 Sodom Road, Westport.  

The target of this investigation, Joshua Rapoza, 32, is a narcotics distributor of both cocaine and heroin known to the Westport Police Department, said Detective Sgt. Christopher Dunn in a press release. 

Since 2017, Mr. Rapoza had been previously arrested on four different occasions with convictions in 2017 for possession to distribute Class B (crack cocaine) which resulted in him being incarcerated for six months.

Upon arrival at this address, detectives reported observing Mr. Rapoza outside his residence.  He was searched and was found to be in possession of a bag of crack cocaine and $3,040 in cash. 

Detectives conducted a search of the residence and confiscated 350 bags of fentanyl and assorted prescription medications which were located in Mr. Rapoza’s bedroom.  The fentanyl has an estimated street value of $5,000.  

As a result of this investigation, Mr. Rapoza has been charged with trafficking fentanyl (more than 10 grams, possession with intent to distribute Class B narcotics - subsequent offense, and two counts of possession of Class E narcotics.

The Westport Police Department urges residents to contact the department if they observe any suspicious activity within their neighborhood.

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